Dateline Rice for May 17, 2019


A year after the Santa Fe school shooting, Texas legislature shuns tougher gun control
Mark Jones, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor of political science, fellow in political science at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted in two articles.
Time (This Associated Press article also appeared in more than 100 other media outlets.)
Mystified by Texas politics? We’ve got answers
Reporting Texas

Why do schools read everyone’s name at graduation?
Marcia O’Malley, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Mechanical Engineering, professor of computer science and professor of electrical and computer engineering, is quoted in an article about commencement traditions.
The Atlantic

Who gets Venezuela’s oil?
Francisco J. Monaldi, fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Center for Energy Studies, the Mexico Center and the Latin America Initiative at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and a lecturer in energy economics at Rice, is quoted.
CNN (This article also appeared in National Times, MSN, MSN Money, F3 News, and Stars Post.)

The Occidental-Anadarko petroleum merger’s crude truth about oil prices
Michelle Michot Foss, fellow in energy and minerals in the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.


Houston Ship Channel dredging could be used for coastal barrier
An article mentions that experts from Rice presented their Galveston Bay Park Plan, which includes building 25-foot-high barriers across the middle of Galveston Bay to protect coastal communities from storm surge. Co-author Jim Blackburn, a professor in the practice of environmental law and the co-director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Trade war could delay LNG projects on Gulf Coast, analyst says
Peter Rodriguez, dean of Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted in an article about how U.S.-China trade tensions may affect the liquefied natural gas industry on the Gulf Coast.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the May 17 print editions of the Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

‘You’re not gay, are you?’ he asked. [Essay]
An excerpt of the May 11 commencement address delivered by former Houston Mayor Annise Parker ’78 is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Houston named the No. 2 city for STEM jobs
Rice’s plan to redevelop the historic Midtown Sears building into The Ion, the centerpiece of an innovation district built in collaboration with other Houston agencies and institutions, is mentioned.

5 most popular innovation stories in Houston this week
Rice’s tech accelerator program, OwlSpark, is featured in an innovation news roundup.

Rice University researcher finds ways to spark epiphanies crucial to growing a business
Research by Erik Dane, distinguished associate professor at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is featured.
InnovationMap (This article originally appeared in Rice Business Wisdom.)

Texas Women for the Arts awards 27 arts organizations with $247K
An article mentions that Rice’s Shepherd School of Music was awarded a 2019 Texas Women for the Arts Impact Grant.

In the schools: May 15, 2019
An article mentions that Chloe Livingston, salutatorian of Argyle High School, plans to attend Rice.
Denton Record-Chronicle

Vocal local: Mike Webb
Rice is mentioned.
My Gay Houston


Are tensions between US, Gulf allies and Iran coming to a head?
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and author of “Energy Kingdoms: Oil and Political Survival in the Persian Gulf,” is quoted.
The Voice of the Cape

This weekend’s blue moon is shrinking
Patricia Reiff, professor of physics and astronomy and the associate director of the outreach program at the Rice Space Institute, is quoted.

‘Xploration Outer Space’ 
A broadcast about President John F. Kennedy mentions his “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962. Alumnus Jerry Woodfill ’65, who was part of NASA’s Apollo Warning System engineering team, is interviewed.
KNIN-TV (Boise, Idaho) (This broadcast aired on over 50 stations around the U.S.)

Bloomberg Radio
Amy Myers Jaffe, a former energy fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed.


Climate leadership series: The untapped potential of clean cooking as a climate solution
Alumna Dymphna van der Lan is featured.
Natural Capital Partners

Virgin Island corals in crisis
An article mentions that Adrienne Correa, assistant professor of biosciences, is part of a collaborative effort funded by a National Science Foundation grant to combat Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease in the Virgin Islands.
Environmental News Network

Brittle materials bond for flexible electronics
An article features Rice research developing dielectric materials that may help manufacturers create next-generation flexible electronics. Pulickel Ajayan, chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and a professor of chemistry, is mentioned. Graduate student Sandhya Susarla is quoted.
Microscopy and Analysis (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
New way to beat the heat in electronics: Rice University lab’s flexible insulator offers high strength and superior thermal conduction
Nanotechnology Now

Coal-derived quantum dots offer basis for effective antioxidant
An article features Rice research that determined that polyethylene glycol and graphene quantum dots from common coal are just as effective at halting damage from superoxide and hydrogen peroxides as materials studied in 2013. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted and pictured.
The American Ceramic Society

Gold builds impossible biocages 
Collaborative Rice research that developed a tangled, 3D-printed network of vessels that mimic a human lung is featured. Lead co-author Jordan Miller, assistant professor of bioengineering, is quoted.
Materials Today

Unclonable digital fingerprints developed for IoT devices
Kaiyuan Yang, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, and graduate student Dai Li are featured and pictured in an article about their research, which developed technology 10 times more reliable than current methods of producing unclonable digital fingerprints for Internet of Things devices.
Plant Engineering

Cashing in on campus space
Kevin Kirby, vice president of administration at Rice, is quoted.
College Planning & Management (Editor’s note: A correcton on Kirby’s name has been requested.)

French food makes a comeback
An article featuring French-inspired dishes created by Rice Dining for the 50th anniversary of Rice’s School of Architecture mentions Rice Architecture Paris, which allows students to study abroad for a semester. Johnny Curet, executive chef and director of campus dining, and Susann Glenn, communications manager for Housing and Dining, are quoted.
Food Management

Innovator finalist: Dr. Wilbur Lam helped develop an app that can detect anemia without a blood test
Alumnus Wilbur Lam is featured and pictured.
Atlanta Business Chronicle

Carlson Capital’s latest moves
Alumnus Clint Carlson is featured.
Yahoo! Finance (This article also appeared in Insider Monkey.)

Boral Roofing announces leadership roles
Alumnus Harvey Shelton is featured and pictured.

5 reasons quality failures and safety incidents still happen
An article authored by Shobhendu Prabhakar mentions that he attended Rice.
Quality Digest


Latino immigrants experience losses, distress during and after migration
Research by Luz Garcini, a Rice Academy affiliate in the Department of Psychological Sciences and Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Mexico Center, is featured.
Salud America!

Accent on independent
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted.
The Leader

Ocean systems and saltwater engineering
An article features Rice research developing a portable desalination device. A Rice video is included.


Rice, women’s basketball coach Tina Langley agree to new contract
Rice head women’s basketball coach Tina Langley, the 2019 Conference USA Coach of the Year, signed a new contract with the Owls through 2024. Director of Athletics Joe Karlgaard is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
‘Morning Dose’
CW 39

MU beats Rice in extra innings, keeping postseason hopes alive
Rice’s baseball team lost to Marshall University 5-4 on May 16 in the first of three games in Huntington, West Virginia.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch
MU’s postseason hopes still alive
Huntington Herald-Dispatch 
Photos: Marshall vs. Rice, baseball

Huntington Herald-Dispatch
Baseball erases 4-run deficit to take down Rice Thursday in 11 innings
Pivotal weekend coming up for Herd baseball
Williamson Daily News (This article also appeared in The Logan Banner.)

Rice Owls’ football coach paid a visit to Austin
Rice head football coach Mike Bloomgren is featured in a television broadcast.
KVUE Online (This segment also aired on KVUE-TV in Austin, Texas.)
Shawn Clynch visited with Rice Owls head football coach Mike Bloomgren
Watch: Rice head coach Mike Bloomgren’s in-studio visit on Texas Football Today
Dave Campbell’s Texas Football

Conference USA preseason position reviews: Running back
A Conference USA college football roundup features Rice and mentions head coach Mike Bloomgren, former players Austin Walter and Emmanuel Esukpa and current player Juma Otoviano.
SB Nation

East Texas region is loaded in the 2020 recruiting class
An article mentions that Khalan Griffin plans to play football at Rice.

Dungee at 2019 US Pan American Games women’s basketball trials
An article mentions that Rice women’s basketball player Erica Ogwumike participated in the 2019 U.S. Pan American Games tryouts May 16 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Arkansas Razorbacks

Rice defensive tackle Zach Abercrumbia transfers to SMU
Former Rice football player Zach Abercrumbia is featured and pictured.

CB Bryce Callahan seeing more reps outside at OTAs: ‘I like it’
Former Rice football player Bryce Callahan is featured.

Razorbacks advance 28 to the NCAA West prelims
An article mentions that Rice has had track and field athletes compete in the decathlon at the NCAA Championships for three consecutive years.
Arkansas Razorbacks


Rice U. experts available during 2019 hurricane season
With the hurricane season beginning June 1, Rice experts are available to discuss storm-related topics with reporters. In 2017, Rice’s hometown of Houston experienced historic, devastating flooding from Hurricane Harvey. That storm combined with Irma and Maria to produce a “furious” 2017 hurricane season, according to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.

About Stefan De La Garza

Stefan De La Garza is a news analyst in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.